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Parsons turns back the clock
9:36am Friday 16th August 2013 in Sport
FORMER Somerset favourite Keith Parsons may have celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this year but when he returned to Lord’s Cricket Ground as captain of the Unicorns for their Yorkshire Bank 40 match against Middlesex on Sunday he rolled the years away.
Parsons has led the ECB team of part- timers since the Unicorns were formed back in 2010 but it is unlikely that few knocks will have given him more pleasure than the 64 not out he made at headquarters at the weekend.
Last Saturday, straight after making an unbeaten 24 to help Taunton St Andrew’s to victory over Ilminster in WEPL Premier 1, Parsons drove to London ready for the YB40 game at Lord’s the following day. After being put in to bat the Unicorns, who included Bridgwater paceman Chris Skidmore in their team, found themselves 103 for four in the 23rd over when Parsons walked out from the Pavilion and on to the hallowed turf to bat.
He was still there 17 overs later, by which time he was unbeaten on 64, which came off 62 balls and included six 4s and a 6 which had helped to guide Unicorns to 208 for seven.
Middlesex struggled in their reply and, with nine wickets down, needed four to win with seven balls to spare.
John Simpson survived a confident appeal for a run out by the Unicorns when he was going for a third run to tie the scores and then snatched a single off the first ball of the 40th over to win the game.
Skidmore ended his debut match for the Unicorns with two for 33 from his eight overs.
Parsons has very fond memories of batting at Lord’s and none more so than when he helped Somerset to victory in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Cup in 2001.
The Taunton boy won the man of the match award for his 60 not out which he followed up with 2 for 40 as Somerset beat Leicestershire on very special day in early September 12 years ago.
Talking about his most recent success at Lord’s, the Unicorns skipper said: “I was really pleased to be playing there again. “It was a very good wicket and it was one of those days when everything went well for me and my runs helped us to post a reasonable score.”
Talking about his six, Parsons said: "My six went over to the usual place – cow corner – just like those two did 12 years ago when we won the C and G.”
Parsons was in Unicorns action again on Tuesday when he hit 31 against Yorkshire at Headingley off 19 balls including four 4s and a 6, but it wasn’t enough to stop the part- timers losing by 32 runs. Skidmore again bowled well, taking one for 40 at Leeds.
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